For this exercise, go through the dosha chart two times. The first time, circle your choices based on what has been most consistent for the majority of your life (your prakruti). Then go back with a different-colored pen and circle choices that reflect how you feel right now (your vikruti).
If more than one quality is applicable, circle all that apply. It helps to be as honest as possible or have someone close to you fill out the chart for you. Remember that your goal is to recognize how the characteristics of each dosha express themselves in you.
Identifying your body type allows you to choose an appropriate diet and lifestyle to nurture your unique nature, ward off future imbalance, and prevent disease.
When you finish, add up the numbers of circles from each column and write the totals in the spaces indicated.
|Hair||dry, thin, dark, frizzy||straight, fine, reddish, oily||oily, wavy, thick, blond, black or dark brown|
|Eyes||small, dry, brown, gray, black, nervous||almond shaped, hazel, penetrating, green, light brown, sensitive to light||big, thick eyelashes, blue, black, dark brown, calm|
|Nails||dry, ridged, break easily||clear, well formed, pink, lustrous||square, white, even, thick|
|Lips||black/brown color, dry, cracked||red, yellowish, inflamed||oily, smooth, pale, whitish|
|Body frame||thin, very tall or very short, irregular||medium, proportionate||broad, heavy, evenly proportioned|
|Skin||dry, rough, tans easily, cool, dark||warm, light, reddish, oily, sunburns easily||cool, oily, tans easily, pale, white|
|Joints||cracking, cold||moderately sized, inflamed||lubricated, large|
|Teeth||big, thin gums, stick out||tender gums, medium size, soft||strong gums, healthy, white|
|Weight gain||hard to gain, easy to lose||easy to gain, easy to lose||easy to gain, hard to lose|
|Appetite||variable, scanty||good, intense||consistent|
|Elimination||dry, hard, constipated||soft, oily, loose||thick, heavy, slow|
|Stamina||poor, exertive||moderate, driven||excellent but lethargic|
|Sleep||interrupted, variable||moderate, light||deep, long|
|Temperament||perceptive, indecisive, nervous, unpredictable,||intelligent, successful, irritable, aggressive, jealous||stable, calm, attached, stubborn, greedy|
|Memory||learns quickly, forgets quickly||learns quickly, forgets slowly||learns slowly, forgets slowly|
|Speech||talkative, fast, erratic||decisive, articulate||slow, cautious|
|Dreams||flying, jumping, running||fiery, intense, violent||watery, swimming, romantic|
|Sexuality||cold, variable||hot, intense||warm, enduring|
|Financial||poor, spends on trifles||spends money on luxuries||rich, saves money well|